The Microsoft Action Pack is Going Digital




Access Software Benefits at Anytime from Anywhere

Over the past year, the partner community has provided us with feedback to improve access and management of software benefits—we listened.
Starting with the July 2009 Microsoft Action Pack Subscription (MAPS) kit, subscribers will benefit from digital-only software distribution. Directly downloading internal-use software allows you to access software and updates the moment they’re made available. There is no need to wait for the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription box shipment.
Here are few things to get excited about:

Faster and more flexible: Access software immediately—24x7 availability.

Greater visibility: View all software benefits summarized in a license statement.*

Improved software benefits management: Add or remove users and manage their access to downloads, keys, and a license statement.

Decreased environmental impact: Help reduce the amount of waste from manufacturing, shipping, and disposing of disk kits.

MAPS content will be located on the Microsoft Partner Marketing Center. Content will be updated quarterly and will require a Windows Live ID to access. You will be mailed a MAPS Highlights card informing you of key resources and new software that is available.
Physical media will still be available for order by paying a shipping fee based on your location. Access to software keys and license statement will only be available digitally, even when you’re receiving physical media. Visit MAPS Online for details.
Follow the step-by-step instructions and begin accessing software today.
If additional questions, please contact the Regional Service Center at 1-877-283-1925 or email



What’s In Store at WPC09, and Why You Need to be There

We know your time is valuable, especially in the current economic climate. Read about our efforts to make the Conference highly relevant to you and valuable to your business. From executive exposure and interactive sessions to an expanded Track list—including one specifically for U.S. partners—there are lots of great opportunities to build relationships and align your business.


Already Registered? Plan Your Agenda

Visit our new WPC09 for a one-stop shop to plan how you spend your time at the Conference. Start by building your session calendar around the topics important to you. Then, connect with other partners and Microsoft by using WPC Connect to schedule meetings with other attendees. Don’t forget that there are over 20 sessions scheduled on Thursday, July 16 in our U.S. Partners Track, plus our Build Your Business networking session. Stay informed about U.S. WPC plans by following us on Twitter, or joining our community.



Windows 7 + You = Success—Show Us How with the Windows 7 Video Contest

Through June 26, submit a 4-minute video that shows how Windows 7 can improve your customers’ business, and you will be entered in to win a Dell Latitude E4300 laptop loaded with Windows 7. Submit your video to and use contest code W7PVC.


Use Existing Products to Build New Revenue and Help Customers Save Money

Windows Embedded is a family of operating systems that offer familiar tools and technologies for developers to quickly bring the next generation of smart, connected, service-oriented devices to market. Register for upcoming live Webcasts on June 3, June 4, and June 16.


Paint a Bullseye on Your Business: Profile Your Solution with Microsoft Pinpoint

The U.S. Small Business Center is switching from Solution Finder to Microsoft Pinpoint. Pinpoint is an improved system that helps you attract customers who want the products and services you offer. Until June 10, the first 200 solution profiles submitted or updated will receive a professional review and upgrade from a Pinpoint marketing editor. You will also be entered to win a Pinpoint Spotlight Article featuring your company.



Big Easy Offer Update: Combine Two Great Offers to Help Close Sales

Customers who make eligible purchases through The Big Easy Offer 3.0 can receive partner subsidy funds to use toward the implementation of their Microsoft solution. Customers may also be able to combine the offer with the Microsoft Office Open L 20% Discount for additional savings.


Time Is Running Out to File Your Microsoft Security Solutions Rebate

If you have deployed Microsoft Forefront or Identity and Access products in the last 180 days, you may be eligible to receive up to a 30% cash rebate. Call 877-244-9543 or send an e-mail to for more information. Accessing the site requires you to Sign In with your Live ID.


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Ramp Up Launches 4 New Windows Mobile 6 and ASP.NET Tracks

Ramp Up is a free, online, community-based learning program that will help you build professional development skills. The new tracks feature training on device emulators, security, mobile web development, SQL Server CE, and more.


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June 4: Web Seminar: Understanding and Measuring Your Value

Providing a sound monetary value proposition helps increase the likelihood that potential customers will purchase your services. Discover how to show customers your true value.


June 17: Web Seminar: Let Microsoft Online Services Make You a Rock Star

Learn how to help your customers increase their efficiency, improve messaging and collaboration, and generate recurring revenue with Microsoft Online Services. Looking for more information? Find additional ways to build your business around Online Service on the Discover Online Services site.

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